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Bouncing on a trampoline is a classic way for kids (and parents!) to a spend summer day at home. Jumping is great exercise, great fun, and there is a trampoline to suit every backyard, budget and family. Read on for everything you need to know about setting up your own bouncing station.

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1What questions should you ask before buying a trampoline?

There are a few things to take into consideration before buying your first bouncer. These include who will be jumping, the size and shape of your outdoor space and the style of trampoline that will best suit your family.

  • Who will be using the trampoline? Safety guidelines are based on age and weight, with Health Canada recommending that children be six years of age or older before using a trampoline.[1]  A standard eight-foot trampoline can accommodate kids ranging in age from six to 12.
  • How many people will be using the trampoline? Families with several children and lots of backyard space may wish for a 10-foot, 12-foot, or even larger trampoline. Although this isn’t uncommon, it’s essential to know that Health Canada says to make sure only one person uses the trampoline at a time.[2]
  • How much space do you have? Health Canada says to leave at least six-and-a-half feet clearance around the sides of the trampoline and at least 26-and-a-quarter feet above it.[3] Measure the space in your yard where you intend to set up your trampoline, then use stakes and string to help visualize its footprint. Check the manufacturer’s specs for exact measurements.
  • What surface do you have available? A trampoline must be installed on level ground, ideally over a lawn. (Some families put a grass mat underneath since the shade cast by a trampoline can kill the lawn.)  If using a concrete surface, it’s best to put a rubber mat down first.
  • Safety net/enclosure: A safety net is a must-have trampoline accessory since it keeps bouncers from falling off. Many trampolines sets include an enclosure.
  • Do you want a spring or spring-free trampoline? Instead of using bouncy classic spiral springs, spring-free trampolines offer gentler jumps—which can be a pro or a con depending on your preference.

2What trampoline shape should you buy?

A trampoline’s shape is not just about form—it can also impact function. Here are the pros and cons of the most common trampoline shapes.

Round

kid in pink shirt jumping on round trampoline

This is the classic trampoline shape and it remains one of the most popular, for good reason.

Pros Cons
Round trampolines evenly distribute weight, so springs wear evenly, too. There’s less space for doing tricks and flips.
This tends to be one of the more affordable styles. If you allow more than one jumper at a time, the shape can increase the likelihood of collisions by pushing everyone to the middle.

Rectangle

kid jumping on rectangle trampoline

This is the shape preferred by gymnasts and jumping enthusiasts.

Pros Cons
Rectangular trampolines are ideal for tricks, since bouncers can better control their landings and stay in place more easily. Rectangle trampolines have bigger, heavier frames.
Rectangular trampolines often come in quite large sizes. Since the sides are different lengths, it’s possible for one side to stretch or wear out faster than another.

Oval

oval trampoline

If you want the even force distribution of a round shape, but the extra bouncing area of a rectangle, an oval trampoline is the perfect compromise.

Pros Cons
Oval trampolines provide ample space for bouncing, flips and long jumps. Ovals aren’t as space-efficient as similarly-sized rectangle trampolines.

Polygon

polygon trampoline

Hexagon, octagons and other polygon shapes are less common, but still attractive options.

Pros Cons
These shapes are typically more stable than round trampolines, especially in the larger sizes. Setup can be a bit more complicated.
They tend to have higher weight capacities, which is helpful for big kids—and parents—who want to jump. Polygon trampolines can be harder to find.

3What size trampoline do you need?

The amount of space you have available is the biggest factor in deciding what size trampoline to buy, but there are other considerations, like how old and how big its intended bouncers are, and how long you intend to keep it (since small kids will be big before you know it).

7 ft. and Under

small trampoline

These mini trampolines work best as starter bouncers for little kids, or as personal exercise trampolines for parents. Since the jumps on these smaller trampolines are straight up and down, and not very high, older kids may get bored.

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7 to 10 ft.

medium sized trampoline with kid jumping

Trampolines in this range are considered medium-sized; most can support kids up to 100 pounds, and sometimes quite a bit more. Jumpers will get big bounces and have lots of space.

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11 to 15 ft.

girl bouncing on large trampoline

Bigger trampolines mean bigger bounce, ideal for tweens and teens. A large trampoline is necessary if parents want a chance to jump, too.

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15 ft. and Up

extra-large round trampoline in backyard

If you’ve got the budget—and the space—to accommodate an extra-large trampoline, you won’t regret it. There’s plenty of room for gymnastics routines, shooting hoops and more. And with the generous weight limits, parents can bounce, too.

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4What are Walmart Canada's popular trampoline brands?

Some brands excel at easy-to-assemble bouncers, while others deliver with added safety features and budget-friendly options. Whatever your top criteria, we’ve got the brand!

  • Trainor Sports: These trampoline and enclosure combos are made for enthusiastic jumpers. Trainor Sports is a global company with a manufacturing facility in Niagara Falls, Ont. They offer a range of large-sized trampolines and earn consistently positive reviews.
  • Skywalker: Skywalker makes trampolines to fit jumpers big and small and boasts a patented no-gap enclosure net along and good warranties. Plus, their new Epic Series has a user weight capacity of 400 pounds, so literally anyone in the family can bounce!
  • Little Tikes: Little Tikes  makes some of the best starter bouncers around. Parents can feel confident introducing young kids to trampoline play through a brand they already know and trust.
  • Plum: Known for innovative, safety-first designs, Plum offers trampolines in unique shapes and sizes, as well as playground climbing and play equipment.
  • TP Toys: From the makers of the world’s first two-level trampoline, you can expect innovative and easy-to-assemble trampolines and playground equipment.

5What does safe trampoline setup and use look like?

Jumping on a trampoline can be great exercise, but it can also be dangerous—the Canada Safety Council (CSC) says the risk of injuries ranges from broken limbs to lifelong paralysis.[4] Injuries can be caused by colliding with another person on the trampoline, landing hard, falling off the trampoline or coming into contact with springs or frame. According to the CSC, children aged five to 14 are the trampoline users most likely to injure themselves.[5]

Although there are no formal Canadian regulations regarding trampolines, Health Canada does have some tips to keep backyard bouncing safe and fun.[6] These include:

  • Setting up the trampoline on level ground, at least two metres on all sides from trees and other structures.
  • Inspecting the trampoline before each use, making sure the springs are secure, the bed has no holes or tears, the padding is secure, there are no bends in the frame and that the leg braces are locked.
  • Allowing only one jumper on the trampoline at a time.
  • Using a safety net and ensuring adequate adult supervision.
  • Never using the trampoline as a springboard to another object, or jumping onto the trampoline from a higher place, like a ladder.
  • Not trying to somersault on a trampoline (because landing on your neck or head can cause paralysis). Somersaults should only be attempted in an appropriate facility and under the supervision of a certified instructor.
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6What are some trampoline games and accessories?

A trampoline can keep the kids busy for hours. Add a few accessories and you’ll be begging them to come back in the house. (Or, you know, maybe not.) In addition to pads, enclosure nets and wind stakes to assist with optimal setup and replacement parts to keep your trampoline in good shape, there are a slew of fun extras to try,  from pit balls to water sprinklers to volleyball and basketball nets.

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Article Sources

  1. Health Canada. Trampoline Safety.
  2. Health Canada. Trampoline Safety.
  3. Health Canada. Trampoline Safety.
  4. Canada Safety Council. Safety Tips for Backyard Trampolines.
  5. Canada Safety Council. Safety Tips for Backyard Trampolines.
  6. Health Canada. Trampoline Safety.

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